My first ever weather bomb

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

Apparently Scotland was hit by a ‘weather bomb’ this week.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who hadn’t heard of the phrase until the storms started lashing the country on Tuesday ... but I can know why it soon started peppering the pages of our national newspapers as soon as it was uttered by a forecaster.

Quite simply, it’s a headline writer’s dream .

Short, nappy and emotive, it ticked all the boxes so they seized on every opportunity to use it.

It was all great fun until the bomb actually hit. I can cope with the cold, I can cope with the rain, I can cope with the wind, but put all three together and I’m struggling.

I was travelling back from Sheffield on Tuesday night and stepped off the train at the end of a long day to be greet by biting cold and driving rain being blown straight into my face.

It was the same again when I arrived at work on Wednesday and made sure our reporters were on top of the story.

After all, why should I miss out on the chance to get ‘weather bomb’ in a headline!